Tate to bring wealth of experience to battling Steelcats
LANI Tate is determined to use the success that runs through her family’s veins to turn the Steelcats into contenders.
The wife of Cowboys NRL star Brent Tate is part of a new coaching set-up that Magnetic North will unleash at home for the first time in the Holden Cruze Cup against Brisbane South tonight.
Tate will assist coach Deborah Ruka in stalking the sidelines in what is being predicted as the club’s breakthrough season.
Originally signed as a player before falling pregnant, Tate, who comes with a wealth of state league experience in Australia and New Zealand and represented Queensland, is hoping to extend her magic touch as a mentor.
‘‘ It’s a shame not to be able to play with the girls but it’s still great to have a role with them,’’ she said. ‘‘ I hope to bring a bit of experience and knowledge that I may have. It’s very different styles of coaching in Brisbane ( to here) and it’s nice to be able to bring some things to the girls that they haven’t done before.
‘‘ And hopefully a winning attitude, because the girls haven’t had a win for a while and we’re hoping to turn that around.’’
The Steelcats made a solid start in round one, losing by just seven goals to defending champs Cougars before last week’s bye.
But if the gutsy defeat proved anything, Tate said it was that there was still work to be done.
Despite having the round two bye, the 30-yearold said the players had anything but relaxed ahead of the Brisbane South showdown.
‘‘ We really should have won that game against Cougars but the thing that let the players down was the fitness,’’ Tate said.
‘‘ They worked hard ( during the week off) . . . if they pick up in that area then I think the girls are in with a real shot this weekend.’’
The game at NPA Stadium starts at 7pm. • Catch Lani Tate’s Women in League story in today’s Cowboys Game Day liftout.
LANI and Brent Tate with their son Kyden at the Steelcats training session